According to Keenan Bowen of 24/7 Sports, WR Zaire Andre from Inglewood, CA is the newest member of the Washington State Cougars football team. Andre becomes Mike Leach's first wide receiver of 2014, but he probably won't be the last. Scout lists Andre at 6'0 and 170, so he'd seem ideal fit as an inside guy, but Gabe Marks sort of turned all that "bigger receivers outside, smaller ones inside" stuff on its head last year. So who knows, really. If I had to venture a guess, I'd say he's moving inside (which means he'll stay outside because I'm always wrong).
Andre returned kicks and punts as well, and you can see how shifty he is once the ball is in his hands. This is why I guessed he'd move inside; just get the ball in his hands and watch him make guys miss.
I'd like to see some updated video, as this is just a highlight reel of his junior season, but you can find a lot of positive takeaways. Despite being 6'0, he wins the jump ball contest every time. His speed looks pretty effortless, almost like he's not even running hard. He just sorta glides.
I guess if there's one thing that worries me it's simply his size. A wide out that weighs 170 pounds is going to have a tough time staying healthy playing in the slot. He still has his senior year and the summer before fall camp to bulk up though, so I'm not losing any sleep over it. Overall, I really like the addition as you can never have too many playmaking WRs on a team that wants to throw the ball 5,000 times per game.
Democratic Republic of the Congo Zaire, and Go Cougs.
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